The custom home at 3627 Berkley Hill Ave. is a unique, one-owner residence just a stone’s throw from Interstate 12, Bluebonnet Boulevard and the Mall of Louisiana. The unique floor plan was designed for private adult lifestyles, and a gunite pool in back has bookend wooden decks for all the outdoor life you need. One of the decks is a virtual bird sanctuary, and the deck at the opposite end of the pool is shaded by big trees, including a massive palm.

From the street, the home in exclusive Berkley Hill subdivision sits tall on the lot, and sharp lines give the home a clean-looking front elevation. Five aggregate steps lead up to an iron gate that opens into a brick and stucco courtyard with a pond. The front door is flanked by leaded glass, and an entrance hall leads down to a den/office that could be converted into the home’s fourth bedroom. This room also features an accent wall of cypress planks and a lighted cabinet topped with a television cove.

As soon as they enter the house, visitors catch a glimpse of the backyard pool through the great room, where 12-foot ceilings are topped by stained oak crown molding. The floors, too, are solid oak planks. On the right side, the fireplace has a brick hearth, a travertine tile surround and a wood mantle. A wall of windows allows a great view of the back porch and pool, and French doors allow access.

The home’s formal dining room has big windows, also with a view of the pool and the bird feeding area. A guest bath is across the hall from the formal dining room. The redesigned kitchen, meanwhile, has been updated with slabs of granite on the center island and the countertops. A ceiling fan hangs above the island. The flooring of choice is travertine tile, and appliances are stainless Frigidaire, including a double oven and a glass electric cook top below stained oak cabinetry. A double undermount stainless sink is below a window, and the breakfast room is on the other side of the kitchen. It’s actually the perfect spot to watch swimmers in the pool or birds at the feeders. There’s also an exit to the pool area from this room.

Behind the kitchen is the laundry room, which has granite counters and a wall ironing board. An exit to the two-car garage is conveniently located through the laundry room.

The private master suite is indeed private. There’s a right, left, right entrance foyer to the bedroom. The unique thing here is this entrance hall passes the master bath on the way to the bedroom; usually, the master bath is on the far side of the bedroom. A pair of vanities sits across from the tub/shower combination, and a mirrored front closet is at the opposite end of the bath. The carpeted master bedroom has corner windows, along with an excellent view of, and an exit to, the pool and second deck.

Outside, the covered back porch and pool area are floored in cool decking. A row of bricks separates the porch from the pool, which has a spa on one end. Multi-level decks at each end of the pool make perfect spots for relaxation. Surrounding it all is an extra tall (8-foot) privacy fence, which provides just that.

Upstairs, there are two more bedrooms, serviced by a large full bath. Both bedrooms have double windows that peer down on the pool in the back yard. There’s also a walk-in attic upstairs.

If you’re looking for a home in a limited-access, upscale subdivision just off Jefferson Highway and close to the Interstate and the mall, 3627 Berkley Hill Ave. just might fit into your plans.